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Aunt Bea 02-25-2012 11:11 AM

Old Fashioned Molasses Cookies
 
Old Fashioned Soft Molasses Cookies

2 cups sifted AP flour
2 t baking soda
1 T ground ginger
1t ground cinnamon
t ground cloves
t ground nutmeg
t salt
1/2 cup granulated sugar
cup black strap molasses
cup leftover coffee
cup bacon fat
1 large FRESH egg

Sift together the dry ingredients into a bowl. Beat sugar and bacon grease until fluffy; add molasses and egg beat until well blended. Add dry ingredients alternating with coffee. Drop on ungreased baking sheets and bake for approx. 15 minutes in a 350 degree preheated oven. Test with a clean broom straw or toothpick. Yield approx. 18 large cookies.
Comments:
I use a yellow handled 1 ounce disher to portion these. You can form a golf ball sized ball of batter using a tablespoon if a disher is not available. Allow room for these cakelike cookies to spread. I usually allow nine to a pan and bake in two batches.
If bacon fat is not available use vegetable shortening or margarine. Butter is not recommended.
Water may be substituted for coffee.

Kayelle 02-25-2012 11:44 AM

I hardly ever bake but I love Molasses Cookies Bea! I'd like to make these but wonder if I'd ever use up a bottle of black strap molasses if I bought one. What else do you use it for? I have an idea this is an ancient recipe using bacon fat, and can you tell me what a "disher" is? I'm just full of questions aren't I?
Thanks so much for the interesting recipe.

bakechef 02-25-2012 11:51 AM

A disher is like an ice cream scoop, made for portion control in professional kitchens. I have several in different sizes that I got at restaurant supply. I use them mostly for cookies and I have one big one that I use to measure out waffle batter, it is a 4 oz capacity and 2 make a perfect waffle!

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chopper 02-25-2012 12:02 PM

Yum! These sound great! Haven't made molasses cookies in ages.

Kayelle 02-25-2012 12:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bakechef (Post 1111919)
A disher is like an ice cream scoop, made for portion control in professional kitchens. I have several in different sizes that I got at restaurant supply. I use them mostly for cookies and I have one big one that I use to measure out waffle batter, it is a 4 oz capacity and 2 make a perfect waffle!

http://www.vollrathco.com/images/cat...oduct/4543.jpg

Thanks BC, guess you can tell I'm not a baker. :wink:
I had no idea those different sized ice cream scoops were called dishers.
There's my new word for the day. :smile:

Zhizara 02-25-2012 01:04 PM

I'm no baker either, but I love molasses cookies, AND I have all the ingredients! Copied and printed out at copy. Thanks Aunt Bea!

Kayelle, I add molasses to bottled BBQ sauce for that blackened sticky sweet BBQ taste. You can also use it pretty much instead of brown sugar. I keep a jar on hand. It lasts forever and is there when I want it. It's also tasty stirred into a glass of milk for a sweet treat. A little goes a long way, though.

Kayelle 02-25-2012 03:54 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Zhizara (Post 1111956)
I'm no baker either, but I love molasses cookies, AND I have all the ingredients! Copied and printed out at copy. Thanks Aunt Bea!

Kayelle, I add molasses to bottled BBQ sauce for that blackened sticky sweet BBQ taste. You can also use it pretty much instead of brown sugar. I keep a jar on hand. It lasts forever and is there when I want it. It's also tasty stirred into a glass of milk for a sweet treat. A little goes a long way, though.

Z, after I asked the question, I went looking for an answer as often happens. In addition to the uses you mentioned I found that it is a high source of iron. That in turn lead to a very dim, nearly forgotten memory of being deficient in iron as a little girl, and my mother dishing out a teaspoon of it into my yap every morning. Oh how I hated the stuff just plain like that. I wonder why she never thought to put it in some milk. Wish I could ask her. Oh how she would have loved the internet!!

Aunt Bea 02-25-2012 06:26 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Kayelle (Post 1111917)
I hardly ever bake but I love Molasses Cookies Bea! I'd like to make these but wonder if I'd ever use up a bottle of black strap molasses if I bought one. What else do you use it for? I have an idea this is an ancient recipe using bacon fat, and can you tell me what a "disher" is? I'm just full of questions aren't I?
Thanks so much for the interesting recipe.


I use molasses for BBQ sauce, gingerbread, cookies etc...

It keeps forever.

You don't need a disher.

I use them to help keep things uniform and to speed up the process.

These are quite spicy, not overly sweet, grown up cookies.

I hope you give em a try!

Aunt Bea 02-25-2012 06:28 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Zhizara (Post 1111956)
I'm no baker either, but I love molasses cookies, AND I have all the ingredients! Copied and printed out at copy. Thanks Aunt Bea!

Kayelle, I add molasses to bottled BBQ sauce for that blackened sticky sweet BBQ taste. You can also use it pretty much instead of brown sugar. I keep a jar on hand. It lasts forever and is there when I want it. It's also tasty stirred into a glass of milk for a sweet treat. A little goes a long way, though.

Molasses in milk was a treat at my grandmothers house when I was a kid, we enjoyed it hot or cold! :yum:

Mahmoon 12-24-2012 10:00 AM

I wished you share a picture of this cookie :)


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